Lewes Bonfire

* Sorry, coach tickets for this event have now sold out *

Your best alternative would be Brighton & Hove Buses’ routes 28 & 29

Once again The Big Lemon will be running coaches to Lewes Bonfire. Lewes Bonfire is one of the biggest in the country, there are six societies putting on five separate parades and firework displays on the 5th, and this can mean 3,000 people taking part in the celebrations, and up to 80,000 spectators attending in the small market town with a permanent population of just 16,000.

Travel in style from Brighton with The Big Lemon to Lewes Bonfire!

*Important Information for Passengers*

Updated 3 November 2016, 10pm

We have been told that Sussex Police is not allowing The Big Lemon past the road closures this year.  Anyone who has travelled before with us will know that we have always previously used the bus stop by the Cuilfail roundabout, and this year we checked with Lewes District Council what the arrangements were and were referred to a map (http://www.lewes.gov.uk/bonfire). The map had a bus stop on it by the Cuilfail roundabout, but it has now been removed from the map and we’ve been told we cannot use it.

We have, of course, protested to Sussex Police, but have not yet received an answer. The initial reason was that it would defeat the object of the road closure if we were allowed through. However we have six coaches going to Lewes – that will not make any impact on the effectiveness of the road closure.  What’s worse: we have been told that Brighton & Hove and Compass buses will be allowed through, and given no reason as to why it’s ok for them but not for us.

It looks like what we will have to do is take people as close as we can get, which will be the roundabout where the A26 meets the A27, and passengers will have to walk about 15-20 minutes along the river towards the town centre.  If we can take people further we will.  On the return, we will have to pick up from the Cliffe Industrial Estate.  There will be signage from the town centre to the pick up point at Cliffe Industrial Estate; passengers will also see it on the way in.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this causes and will continue to fight for fair treatment and the best interests of our passengers.  We are also offering anyone who wants to reconsider their options a full refund.

Departure Date & Times

Saturday 5 November 2016; 1630  & 1830

Departures:

Old Steine Stop D @ 1630 & 1830

opp Bottom of Elm Grove @ 1640 & 1840

opp Lewes Road Bus Garage @ 1650 & 1850

A27 adj Sussex University (opp Falmer Station) @ 1700 & 1900

Return:

2300 & 0030 from Phoenix Causeway Bus Stop by Cuilfail Tunnel (same as the drop off point)

Costs:

Adults: £8, Under 16s: £4  (All tickets are return tickets)

All tickets must be booked in advance. Coach tickets are now sold out; if you haven’t booked anything yet your best bet would be Brighton & Hove Buses’ routes 28 & 29

Information:

www.thebiglemon.com

01273 681681

@thebiglemon

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If you are not on Twitter, you can still receive the latest information to your phone by texting “get thebiglemon” to 86444 (normal network text message cost)

Terms & Conditions of Travel:

Please be at the departure point at least 15 minutes before departure

We reserve the right to use a different vehicle from the ones advertised if required for any reason

We will not be liable for any loss or inconvenience resulting from delays to the journey (Sorry!)

If You Can’t Go:

We regret that all tickets are non-refundable. However you are welcome to sell your tickets to others, please just notify of us in the change of names. Please print a copy of your confirmation email to pass on to the new ticket-holder.

What You Can Expect from Us:

The Big Lemon has a reputation for providing a friendly, personal service, and you can be confident that we will always do our best to ensure you have a fantastic time.

In the event of traffic delay, breakdown, or other event beyond our control we will keep you informed at all times and work non-stop to put it right. If we keep you waiting we will do our best to furnish you with complementary refreshments in the meantime.  We promise that we will always look after you.

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the service, please let us know what is wrong and how we can put it right.

What Others Have Said About Our Service:

“Great service! The driver was amazingly accommodating and went out of his way to help people”
“The Big Lemon service was so brilliant and perfect that it made the weekend EVEN better!”

We hope you enjoy travelling with us!

8 thoughts on “Lewes Bonfire

      1. robin

        I have discussed this again today with the Police Superintendent and the Road Policing Inspector and the A26 will only be open to Regular bus routes (Brighton and Hove + Compass Travel) so this will not include the Big Lemon etc. Cliffe Ind Estate is the only designated pick up point within the road closures which will be accessible from 22:00 hours.

        We are putting up signage in the town from Tesco roundabout to Cliffe via Southstreet to Cliffe Ind Estate to direct people to the pickup point which may help to mitigate this decision.

        I am sorry that I was not able to do anything more.

        Regards

        Ed Hele

        Ed Hele
        Environmental Health Service Manager

        Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB
        01273 471600

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  2. robin

    good afternoon big lemon
    i have today received an email regarding the lewes bonfire and im not sure your facts are right ?
    i am pasting the email here for you to see also

    hope this helps you

    regards robin

    I have discussed this again today with the Police Superintendent and the Road Policing Inspector and the A26 will only be open to Regular bus routes (Brighton and Hove + Compass Travel) so this will not include the Big Lemon etc. Cliffe Ind Estate is the only designated pick up point within the road closures which will be accessible from 22:00 hours.

    We are putting up signage in the town from Tesco roundabout to Cliffe via Southstreet to Cliffe Ind Estate to direct people to the pickup point which may help to mitigate this decision.

    I am sorry that I was not able to do anything more.

    Regards

    Ed Hele

    Ed Hele
    Environmental Health Service Manager

    Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB
    01273 471600

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    1. Thank you Ed! We have not received that email… I phoned the Police Superintendent today but didn’t get an answer. The most up to date information we have is this, from you. I have written to the Police Superintendent and will update this page if I have any more news… The safest, simplest thing to do is just let us in to drop off at the bus stop like the others… I really don’t understand what the problem is.

      Best
      Tom

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